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New member with multiple ongoing L4, L5, SI issues. Where do I belong?

Kaleigh31KKaleigh31 Posts: 7
edited 11/20/2013 - 8:18 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone,
I'm not sure where exactly I belong in these forums. When looking over the sections, I fit into quite a few =/

Background: I was in a T-bone, rollover accident (as a front seat passenger) in 2000. I had upper neck/cervical rotation to the right and lower back/lumbar rotation to the left and when the SUV settled on it's right side, I landed on my back on the street, through the busted out window. I was in PT for almost 2 years until I was basically released due to reaching a plateau and maxing out the other parties insurance. I lived with mild to moderate pain for years until (fast forward) 2 pregnancies in the last 4 1/2 years leaving me with diastasis recti and a midline hernia that adds to the strain on my back and having escalating pain that is now uncontrolled. I have been under a orthopedic spine doc's care for the last 6 months. PT ended on 9/12/13 due to "progress has plateaued" and been seeing a chiro and massage therapist for the last 2 months.

MRI of the lumbar spine performed on 7/11/13 which showed a grade 1 anterolisthesis of L4
on L5 with moderate broad based disc bulge and moderate facet arthropathy which results in moderate central and
bilateral foraminal stenosis along with lateral recess stenosis with possible contact of the L5 nerve roots. There is mild
disc bulge at L5-S1 with annular tear. There is also multilevel facet arthropathy.
7/26/13 - left L5 epidural injection
08/09/13 - L3 - S1 facet injections
11/12/13 - left L4-L5 epidural injections (limited flow due to "bone spurs and spondy")

All I know is that my back pain is limiting my life and that it is getting harder to live with. I have severe lower left side lumbar/ hip pain that radiates down my leg and causes weakness. I just had my 2nd set of Lumbar Epidural steroid injections (the first only provided about 2-3 weeks of pain relief). Doc was unable to get to the spaces he wanted to this time, (above and below L4 & L5) because of "bone spurs and spondy", so I'm hoping I will be lucky and get at least some relief.
I've also had one series of lumbar facet joint injections which helped for almost 2 months. Doc says the next step is to go in and "burn the nerve roots". (Still can't remember the official term?)

I am also allergic to most painkillers, so managing pain is a MAJOR issue. Taking 800mg Motrin and Flexaril with limited success.

L4, L5 Degenerative Spondylolisthesis, grade 2. Spinal Stenosis. Radiculopathy.
2+ years of injections, meds, therapy, chiropractic and massage. Next step laminectomy and posterior spinal fusion.


  • Sounds like you will find a lot of information in many of the forums. Most of us don't just fit under one category so it's great to be able to use all of them to help each other out. I have herniation at L5-S1 and got no relief from ESI or from Facet blocks and due to having a lot of shooting right leg pain and numbness my next step is surgery next month. I hope you find some comfort and great information here. It's great having people that can relate to our problems. Welcome!
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 11/14/2013 - 9:27 AM
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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